While reading ideas are included here and displays featured in most library locations, what you read is entirely your choice. To participate in the program, you must read one book each from five different categories. See the main page for complete details and all ten categories.
||Days of Grace |
By Ashe, Arthur
Joint Author Rampersad, Arnold
1994-05 - San Val
9780785728511 Check Our Catalog
An inspiring memoir by the late Arthur Ashe--tennis champion, social activist, AIDS victim, man of courage and grace. Ashe tells about the athlete's life; tennis court contemporaries such as Connors, McEnroe, and Navratilova; his passionate devotion to his wife and daughter; the places he has been; people he has known; and more. Photos.
||Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream |
By Bissinger, H. G.
1984-01 - Addison-Wesley
0201196778 Check Our Catalog
The bestselling story of life in the football-driven town of Odessa, Texas, explores how the town's passion for the team inspires--and sometimes shatters--the young men who wear the Panther uniform.
||No Way Down: Life and Death on K2 |
By Bowley, Graham
2011-05 - Harper Paperbacks
9780061834790 Check Our Catalog
On August 1, 2008, no fewer than eight international teams of mountain climbers--some experienced, others less prepared--ascended K2, the world's second-highest mountain, with the last group reaching the summit at 8 p.m. Then disaster struck. A huge ice chunk came loose above a deadly three-hundred-foot avalanche-prone gully, destroying the fixed guide ropes. More than a dozen climbers--many without oxygen and some with no headlamps--faced the nearly impossible task of descending in the blackness with no guideline and no protection. Over the course of the chaotic night, some would miraculously make it back. Others would not. In this riveting work of narrative nonfiction, journalist Graham Bowley re-creates one of the most dramatic tales of death and survival in mountaineering history.
By Cleave, Chris
2012-07 - Simon & Schuster
9781451672725 Check Our Catalog
Building on the tradition of "Little Bee," Cleave again writes with elegance, humor, and passion about friendship, marriage, parenthood, tragedy, and redemption. On the road to Olympic Gold in London, world-class athletes Zoe and Kate must decide what's most important to them.
Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter
By Deford, Frank
2012-05 - Atlantic Monthly Press
9780802120151 Check Our Catalog
An unconventional tale as wide-ranging as Deford's remarkable career, in which he has chronicled the heroes and the characters of just about every sport in nearly every medium, from the 1960s until today.
Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen
By Drape, Joe
2010-08 - St. Martin's Griffin
9780312662639 Check Our Catalog
Drape, a Kansas City native and an award-winning sportswriter for "The New York Times," pens an inspiring portrait of the extraordinary high school football team and coach whose quest for perfection sustains its hometown in Smith Center, Kansas.
||Calico Joe |
By Grisham, John
2012-04 - Doubleday Books
9780385536073 Check Our Catalog
The careers of a golden-boy rookie hitter for the Cubs and a hard-hitting Mets pitcher take very different paths, but it's what happens off the field that makes "Calico Joe" a classic by America's favorite storyteller.
||The Art of Fielding |
By Harbach, Chad
2012-05 - Back Bay Books
9780316126670 Check Our Catalog
An expansive, warmhearted novel about ambition and its limits, about family and friendship and love, and about commitment--to oneself and to others in a baseball story that goes beyond the sport and into hearts and minds.
||Seabiscuit: An American Legend |
By Hillenbrand, Laura
2003-06 - Random House
9781400060986 Check Our Catalog
One of the greatest legends of the 20th century, Seabiscuit was a discarded, bottom-level runner who became a champion with the help of three men: a trainer, an owner, and a jockey. This is the spellbinding tale of how they did it.
By James, Lebron
Author Bissinger, Buzz
2009-09 - Penguin Press
9781594202322 Check Our Catalog
Basketball superstar James and Bissinger, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Friday Night Lights," tell this poignant, thrilling account of the power of teamwork to transform young lives, including James's own.
Blood and Smoke: A True Tale of Mystery, Mayhem and the Birth of the Indy 500
By Leerhsen, Charles
2011-05 - Simon & Schuster
9781439149041 Check Our Catalog
Timed for the 100th anniversary of auto racing's premier event, this is the wild story of the first Indy 500 and the dawn of the automotive age.
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
By Lewis, Michael
2004-03 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393324815 Check Our Catalog
Following the low-budget Oakland Athletics, their larger-than-life general manager, Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts, Lewis has written not only "the single most influential baseball book ever" (Rob Neyer, "Slate") but also what "may be the best book ever written on business" ("Weekly Standard").
||Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball |
By McCallum, Jack
2012-07 - Ballantine Books
9780345520487 Check Our Catalog
Acclaimed sports journalist McCallum delivers the untold story of the greatest team ever assembled: the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team that captivated the world, kindled hoop dreams, and remade the NBA into a global sensation.
||Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time |
By Pellegrini, Georgia
2011-12 - Da Capo Lifelong Books
9780738214665 Check Our Catalog
"The Omnivore's Dilemma" meets "The Pioneer Woman Cooks": a provocative book that pushes the boundaries of the foodie revolution and considers why, how, and what we eat.
||King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero |
By Remnick, David
1999-10 - Vintage Books USA
9780375702297 Check Our Catalog
On the night in 1964 that Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay) stepped into the ring with Sonny Liston, he was widely regarded as an irritating freak who danced and talked way too much. Six rounds later Ali was not only the new world heavyweight boxing champion: He was "a new kind of black man" who would shortly transform America's racial politics, its popular culture, and its notions of heroism. No one has captured Ali -- and the era that he exhilarated and sometimes infuriated -- with greater vibrancy, drama, and astuteness than David Remnick, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Lenin's Tomb" (and editor of The New Yorker). In charting Ali's rise from the gyms of Louisville, Kentucky, to his epochal fights against Liston and Floyd Patterson, Remnick creates a canvas of unparalleled richness. He gives us empathetic portraits of wisecracking sportswriters and bone-breaking mobsters; of the baleful Liston and the haunted Patterson; of an audacious Norman Mailer and an enigmatic Malcolm X. Most of all, King of the World does justice to the speed, grace, courage, humor, and ebullience of one of the greatest athletes and irresistibly dynamic personalities of our time.
||The Longest Shot: Jack Fleck, Ben Hogan, and Pro Golf's Greatest Upset at the 1955 U.S. Open|
By Sagebiel, Neil
2012-05 - Thomas Dunne Books
9780312661847 Check Our Catalog
On par with the classic golf narratives of Mark Frost and John Feinstein, this will surprise and delight fans as they trace the improbable journey of an unheralded former caddie who played his way into the record books by out-dueling the sport's greatest champion of his time.
A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey
By Wellington, Chrissie
2012-05 - Center Street
9781455505579 Check Our Catalog
As a newcomer to the sport and a complete unknown to the press, Chrissie's 2007 win at the Ironman World Championships shook up the sport. Her first-hand, inspiring story includes all the incredible challenges she has faced and reveals the heart behind Wellington's success.
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